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Medical Marijuana Advocates Welcome AG Eric Holder’s Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered a speech today to the annual meeting of the American Bar Association in which he outlined a new sentencing and enforcement strategy as America enters the fifth decade of the so-called “War on Drugs.” Medical marijuana advocates are cautiously optimistic that the announcement will bring […]

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As Pressure Mounts, AG Eric Holder Acts on Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday a comprehensive federal sentencing reform package with a strong emphasis on drug sentencing. He said he will direct US Attorneys that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders not tied to gangs or major trafficking organizations should not be charged in ways that trigger lengthy mandatory minimum […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Expected to Issue Major Drug Sentencing Changes Today

August 12th

WASHINGTON, DC — In a speech to the American Bar Association today Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce major federal sentencing changes, including dropping the use of mandatory minimum sentencing in certain drug cases, expediting the release of certain nonviolent elderly prisoners, leaving more offenses to state courts to deal with, and working […]

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Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Major Sentencing Reform

August 7th

WASHINGTON, DC – In an interview with NPR that Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said there are too many people in prison and it is time for federal sentencing reform. He could announce major changes as early as next week. In the NPR interview Holder said:  “The war on drugs is now 30, 40 years old. There […]

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Breaking Bad’s Final Season Kicks Off with Edgy New Video from Drug Policy Alliance and Beyond Bars

August 6th

What Breaking Bad REALLY Tells Us about the War on Drugs from Brave New Foundation on Vimeo. The Drug Policy Alliance and Beyond Bars have teamed up to release an edgy and thought-provoking new video pegged to the upcoming premiere of the final season of AMC’s runaway hit show Breaking Bad. The video, which purposefully mimics the […]

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Uruguay House Passes Historic Marijuana Legalization Bill

August 1st

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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – The Uruguayan lower house of parliament passed a bill Wednesday that would create the world’s first legal, regulated marijuana markets Wednesday night. The bill passed on a vote of 50-46 after nearly 12 hours of debate. “Sometimes small countries do great things,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Uruguay’s bold [...]

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Uruguay Takes Historic Step Toward Becoming First Country to Legally Regulate Marijuana

July 31st

By | The Daily Chronic

On Wednesday, the Uruguayan House of Representatives approved a bill to legally regulate marijuana. Passing with 50 out of 96 votes, the bill now goes to the Senate. If approved by the Senate, Uruguay will become the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. The marijuana legalization [...]

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Uruguay Poised to Become First Country to Legalize Marijuana

July 31st

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MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – This summer – perhaps  as soon as today – the Uruguayan House of Representatives will vote on a bill to legalize marijuana. If approved by both the House and Senate, Uruguay will become the first country in the world to legally regulate the production, distribution and sale of marijuana for adult consumers. The marijuana [...]

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New Mexico Corrections Officer Fired for Medicating Legally with Cannabis

July 20th

As it has with thousands of PTSD patients nationwide, cannabis gave 32-year-old Augustine Stanley his life back. Already a decorated veteran, already the youngest Lieutenant at New Mexico’s Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center, he could survive IEDs in Iraq and prison gang member sequestration cells in Albuquerque. But it looks iffy whether his promising, unblemished career will survive a urine test.

Stanley led the team of corrections officers that handles the highest risk inmates in the Albuquerque area – not just violent criminals, but people at risk to themselves. “I was interviewing for promotion to Captain,” he told me. “I don’t even have a disciplinary file. Then last September I failed a urine test.”

This is, sadly and temporarily, not a unique case of what happens in the final days of cannabis prohibition when a patient who works in a “drug”-tested position and his family choose his well-being over even his livelihood and obligation to support, in Stanley’s case, his four kids. And when you talk to this local boy, he makes no bones about one truth: cannabis was and is a life-or-death necessity for him. Otherwise he would never have threatened a career that had logged 13 years toward a lucrative 20-year retirement plan.

In a steady, non-emotional voice, Stanley told me, “The Xanax (alprazolam anti-anxiety pharmaceutical) I was prescribed (after a traumatic tour in Iraq in 2005) just deepened my depression. I was. . . . . READ MORE

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Councilman to Introduce Proposal to Decriminalize Marijuana in Washington, DC

July 10th

WASHINGTON, DC — Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) will introduce legislation today before the Council of the District of Columbia that would eliminate criminal penalties under District law for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.

The legislation would subject a person in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana to a $100 civil fine. Juveniles additionally would have to complete a drug awareness program under the proposal. Failure by a juvenile to complete a drug awareness program within a year would result in the provision of a $200 fine and court-ordered community service.

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Introduction of this legislation follows the release last month of a groundbreaking report by the American Civil Liberties Union that documented enormous racial disparities in arrests for marijuana possession in D.C.

The report also found that District of Columbia residents are arrested for marijuana possession at greater rates than residents of any U.S. state, and that D.. . . . . READ MORE

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